Call for Charity?

Call for charity – what does it mean?

I saw a notice the city sent out regarding “helping the victims” of the Washington Street Fire that happened over the weekend.

Hoboken fire Washington Charity - Call for Charity?

And on the surface – it can appear to the ordinary person that it was a nice thing to do to draw attention to a few people (out of the entire city population) who suffered from what amounted to their own individual setback.

Yes, it was “dramatic,” as well as dangerous – but in the end, it amounted to exactly what I said in the previous sentence: an individual setback.

Why do “dramatic” fires demand more attention and charity? Because of the “drama?”

  • If someone steals the identity of 20 Hoboken residents and robs them of their net worth – you won’t hear that in the news or from City Hall.
  • If 60,000 residents are over-charged for property taxes that should be TWO THIRDS LESS than they are – you won’t hear that in the news or from City Hall.
  • If you realize that millions of dollars are STOLEN from the pockets of residents and visitors for what amount to “minor” parking offenses – you won’t hear that in the news or from City Hall.

This is why I shrug my shoulders when a “rare” event like a “life-shattering” fire happens (thank God no one got killed), it makes me wonder about how everything relates.

Some things get the “Awww” effect, and others (despite them being much more impactful), get overlooked.

In the end – I’d suspect that 99% of the “charity” pleas – are more often a chance to give attention to those who are pleading on behalf of those in need of charity.

Many if not most people have had difficulty in the past year, it’s just a shame that the most dramatic of events garners the attention of others. Instead of looking at the big picture.

It’s what we’ve collectively become as a society I guess.

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HansBrix
HansBrix
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:16 pm

“I’d suspect that 99% of the “charity” pleas – are more often a chance to give attention to those who are pleading on behalf of those in need of charity”

I think you’re describing “virtue signaling.”

animal_lover
animal_lover
Reply to  HansBrix
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:34 pm

Absolutely, that is part of it. But note there are hard tax payers dollars attached also to grants delivered to those entities or non-profits associated w those entities. I want spell it out here check the dollars to P&P and its non-profit w city connections.

curious
curious
Monday, February 15, 2016 11:26 pm

Wow. Have you experienced a fire or some other disaster where you not only did you lose your home, but everything you owned? I can assure you that it feels a lot worse than a “setback”. I guarantee you that it is a lot worse than getting a parking ticket for BREAKING THE LAW. Sure, they should be insured, but even with insurance, it is still a horrible ordeal to go through. It is the little things that you don’t think about. Animal lover- have you ever had to deal with an insurance company in the event of something like this? I have and it is no picnic. These things can take months, if not years, to settle. Have some compassion- if someone wants to set up a charity to help some of their fellow residents out in a time of need, who are you to poo poo it? If you don’t agree with it, don’t donate. Pretty simple really.

curious
curious
Reply to  hoboken411
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 5:55 pm

To an extent I understand what you are saying- let’s be honest, a lot of charity comes about from selfish motives- it makes us feel good to help others. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t engage in it. I also understand that different people experience different catastrophic events in their lives every day that may not be as visible as the victims of something like this fire. In no way am I saying that they are less deserving of our charity- but human nature is ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Just because this is a highly ‘visible’ case, doesn’t make the victims of it undeserving of our help…

animal_lover
animal_lover
Reply to  curious
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3:30 pm

Much worse , Katrina and Rita disasters – back on back from both an individual several family members and public sector basis – emergency healthcare response, community disaster loans as well as County and state infrastructure. We are talking about social ills that damage not braking the law. In the case of Hoboken it is the corrupt local government. I don’t endorse lack of responsibility. Even states are clear on that in requiring auto insurance of drivers. Perhaps landlords or state and local governments should require insurance of tenants. Regarding responsibility, also it would be responsible to state that the cause of fire is under investigation and when that info is available to do a public service announcement so that we might better prevent fires. Would you be surprised to know that I am also against using public services for people who invite crime, such as those who vehicles are stolen when they leave the car running (its a rather long list so I will just stop here).

curious
curious
Reply to  animal_lover
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 6:00 pm

I am not understanding your point. People lost everything in a fire. You are talking about “social ills that damage not braking the law”. Color me confused.

animal_lover
animal_lover
Reply to  curious
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3:39 pm

So you experienced a large insurance claim on a disaster , congratulations! Let us not endorse irresponsibility because of a “garden-variety” personal disaster that a renter or owner encountered without appropriate coverage and may have actually not been an ACT of GOD but a result of some negligence. I am holding further opinion until I hear the cause of the fire.

curious
curious
Reply to  animal_lover
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 6:04 pm

I have no words for you, except that I hope you never are in the position that these people are in. Empathy- sorely lacking in today’s world.

animal_lover
animal_lover
Monday, February 15, 2016 5:30 pm

The causes you mention are worthy as societal ills as result of poor government or individual crimes. These incidents have to be litigated and often with enormous amount of time, effort and money are require. A fire, unless arson is involved, is an insurable event. Lacking insurance is a problem directly attributed to the uninsured. Renters insurance premium is affordable and so is the deductible. A good insurer will have a resident without a place to stay set up very quickly under their coverage.

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